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The Macallan Unveils Edition No. 5 Whisky

The Macallan Unveils Edition No. 5 Whisky


The Macallan recently released  The Macallan Edition No. 5 in partnership with the Pantone Color Institute to create a uniquely bold and complex shade; reflecting an enigmatic, multi-faceted and intricate combination of color.



The Macallan proudly uses 100% natural color for all of their whisky expressions and holds color at the utmost importance, so this partnership with Pantone highlights this ethos.



The Macallan Edition No. 5 pays homage to the relationship, diversity and complexity of the balance between whisky and color. The Edition No. 5 is a soft, sunlit gold, with a nose that features vanilla and toffee with notes of oak, nutmeg, ginger, lemon basil and pear. On the palette you will find it to be fresh, sweet, lightly toasted and balanced with caramel notes that hint at poached peaches, ginger and sun dried pear.



“We can find much common ground between whisky making and color creation and with Edition No. 5 we have been able to explore and celebrate these two art forms,” said Sarah Burgess, The Macallan Whisky Maker. “Whilst color development starts with mixing basic colors with precision to achieve different shades, for whisky making, it is the knowledge and understanding of a specific palette of colors from the cask which is the starting point.  From here we can craft the desired character and specific color of the final whisky.”



Commenting on the collaboration, Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “As the rainbow’s most complex color, purple naturally felt like the ideal shade to highlight the equally complex process involved in The Macallan’s whisky making.  This new vibrant shade developed for Edition No. 5, brings to life the exquisite combination of distinctive natural hues found in this whisky.”

The Macallan Edition No. 5 will be available in the U.S. market and select global markets starting this September for a suggested retail price of $120. For further information visit